A number of RNLI lifeboats launched to help yacht in misery


New Quay RNLI lifeboat rescues stricken yacht with casualty evacuated by helicopter.

Yesterday (Saturday 8 Might) New Quay RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat, the Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge, was paged at 9.06am by HM Coastguard to seek for a yacht in issue 10 miles west of Aberystwyth with two individuals on board.

The Mersey class lifeboat launched at 9.20am with seven volunteer crew members on board to seek for the 9m vessel in a reasonable south-westerly wind.

The yacht, on passage from Fishguard to Aberystwyth, was experiencing mechanical and communications issues, and had did not berth in Aberystwyth marina as a result of tide. The severely fatigued crew had raised the alarm by cell phone after they realised they have been in hassle, fighting the winds and poor visibility.

Daniel Potter, New Quay RNLI Coxswain stated, “We proceeded to the place given however on arrival one other place was given 10 miles additional north, after which once more 5 miles north east. We looked for over an hour for the vessel as that they had turn out to be misplaced within the deteriorating climate circumstances. Barmouth lifeboat was additionally requested to launch however stood down as we positioned the vessel.

“Once we positioned them, we needed to act shortly as we discovered her near shore and in peril of going aground on the reef close to Tywyn. I had one alternative and we took it, we arrange a tow and pulled her into deeper water.

“We then requested to launch Aberdyfi’s lifeboat to help us with getting crew on board as we had considerations over the well being and wellbeing of the stricken vessel’s crew. Two volunteer crew from Aberdyfi and one from New Quay boarded the yacht. They assessed the casualty and it was determined as a matter of urgency to evacuate one in every of them. We requested a direct helicopter evacuation, and HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 arrived and transferred the casualty to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

“It was fairly an ordeal for the yacht, but it surely wasn’t over as we needed to get the final of the crew members and the boat to security. Aberdyfi lifeboat then transferred one other one in every of our crew onto the yacht after they took theirs off and returned to station, and we started the tow to Aberystwyth.

“On method to Aberystwyth we requested help from Aberystwyth lifeboat who launched and met us exterior the harbour to switch the tow into the marina, and to ship us a lot wanted provides, fish and chips!

“We then headed house and returned to New Quay by 6pm, 9 hours after launching. It was a really lengthy day in troublesome circumstances. Nonetheless, it was a implausible effort by everybody, and we need to say an enormous thanks to all lifeboats and crew concerned, and the helicopter. It was an incredible group effort by all.”

Roger Sofa, New Quay RNLI Operations Supervisor added, “We want to give our because of all of the lifeboat stations concerned. It was an incredible joint endeavour by Cardigan Bay lifeboat stations. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and our volunteer crew are on name 24/7. Keep in mind if you end up or see anybody else in hassle at sea or on the coast name 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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For extra data contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at kate_williams@rnli.org.uk or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers present a 24-hour search and rescue service round the UK and Republic of Eire coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations within the UK and Eire and, in a standard yr, greater than 240 lifeguard items on seashores across the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is impartial of Coastguard and authorities and relies on voluntary donations and legacies to keep up its rescue service. Because the RNLI was based in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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